April 21, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio - A strong starting pitching performance by the opponent victimized Villanova (13-23, 2-12 Big East) for the second time on the day and the Wildcats lost game two of a doubleheader by a 10-4 score to Cincinnati (20-16, 7-7 Big East) at Marge Schott Stadium on Thursday evening. Villanova trailed 10-0 before freshman catcher John Cialone (Houston, Texas) hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to account for the four Wildcats runs.
In the bottom of the second inning the Bearcats took the only lead they would need in the game when junior starting pitcher Kyle Helisek (Cranberry Township, Pa.) surrendered three runs. Braden Kline led off the inning with a solo home run to left field but it was a two-out single by leadoff hitter Chris Peters two outs later that dealt the bigger blow in the frame. Helisek (0-6, 5.37 ERA) retired the next two batters after Kline's home run but Nic Spence walked and Sam Vandenheuvel doubled to setup Peters' hit.
Kline tripled to score the fourth Cincinnati run in the bottom of the fifth inning and a run-scoring single by Justin Riddell with one out in the seventh chased Helisek, who allowed 11 hits and six runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Sophomore left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.) had two hits for the Wildcats, while senior designated hitter Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) and junior third baseman Kevin Wager (Fairfax, Va.) each walked twice.
In the ninth inning Schrenk and freshman second baseman Michael Erb (Camarillo, Calif.) led off with singles and Wager was hit by a pitch to lead the bases for Cialone, who blasted a ball down the left field line that just stayed inside the left field foul pole.
Starting pitcher Andrew Strenge (2-4, 3.48 ERA) pitched six-plus innings for the Bearcats and scattered four hits while walking three and striking out eight. He departed after walking Wager to lead off the seventh inning.
Peters and Kline both had three hits and three RBI for Cincinnati and Glass finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Kline was a double short of the cycle after his first three at-bats but was hit by a pitch and flied out to center in his last two plate appearances.
The teams are scheduled to conclude this weekend's three-game series on Friday at 4 p.m., although any potential weather-related schedule changes will be announced online at Villanova.com.
NOTES: Cialone's grand slam was the first by a Wildcat hitter this season and his first career home run ... The last Villanova hitter with a grand slam was current junior Matt Fleishman (East Northport, N.Y.), who hit one last season at home against Notre Dame on May 14, 2010.